Water Disinfection Methods

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Do you ever wonder which disinfection method is right for you? Below you will find the differences between chlorine, ozone and UV.

Chlorine is a powerful oxidizer and is very effective at treating pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. However, chlorine can result in various issues if levels become higher than what is currently regulated and produce disinfection byproducts. Applying additional treatment, such as activated carbon, may be needed to lower or reduce the levels of chlorine in the water supply. Chlorine is known to irritate skin, nose, ears, and dry out or leave a chemical film on skin.

Ozone is recognized among the strongest, fastest disinfectant and oxidant for water treatment. In addition, ozone can treat all water-borne pathogens, while others cannot. Ozone is most commonly generated by exposing a stream of air to either UV light or to a high voltage electrical discharge. It is produced onsite by corona discharged in dried air or oxygen; and because ozone is very unstable, it cannot be stored or packaged. Ozone disinfection leaves no remaining tastes, odors, or byproducts after treatment. Ozone is also environmentally friendly and requires very little maintenance.

UV light is produced when an electric arc is struck in mercury, in traditional lamps. UV destroys the DNA and RNA in the organism so they can no longer multiply. For this reason, UV disinfection is considered to be an effective treatment for water contaminated with bacteria and parasites. However, a more powerful UV system is needed when treating viruses. Many end users select a UV system because of its ability to disinfect water without removing any beneficial minerals in the water and without adding any chemicals. The effectiveness of UV disinfection will depend on the clarity of the water, the intensity of the UV light, contact time and the wavelengths being generated.

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California Still in a Drought

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California has had a decent rainy season this year; however, 90% of the state is still in a drought. The governor of California wants to impose permanent water conservation measures to prepare for a future made drier by climate change. If we don’t impose permanent water conservation measures, we will be right back where were with the next dry winter.  It is important to make water conservation a part of our everyday life to prepare for droughts.

A long-term way to conserve water is to store rainwater to be used to flush toilets. In the U.S. toilet flushing accounts for one-third of drinking water use. Making changes like this can make a huge impact on water conservation efforts.

Closeout Sale!

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Aqua Sun Ozone is saying goodbye to two of our products. We will be offering the Model 100 and the ASO-250 at a discounted price until they are gone. The Model 100 is now only $12.00 and the ASO-250 is only $69.00! The model 100 is a perfect addition to your car, providing you with constant fresh air. The ASO-250 is the best application to help keep your water features, wells, and large aquariums crystal clear.  You will not find a better deal than this!

To purchase the Model 100 click here.

To purchase the ASO-250 click here.

7 Foods That Will Keep You Hydrated

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Now that it is getting warmer it is even more important to stay hydrated. Most of our water intake comes from drinking water; however, about 20% comes from the foods we eat. If you aren’t able to grab a glass of water here are a few foods that will help you stay hydrated:

  • Watermelons are 92% water and they contain magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
  • Cucumbers are 97% water and are rich in Vitamin C.
  • Spinach is 92% water and it contains high levels of calcium, fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K.
  • Berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Cranberries) contain more than 85% water. They are also full of essential vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Peppers (Red, Green, Yellow, and Orange) have high water content. Green peppers pack the most water content at 94%.
  • Grapefruit is 90% water. It also helps stabilize sugar and lipid profiles and is shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels as well.
  • Cantaloupes are 92% water and are an excellent source of potassium.

Even though these foods help keep you hydrated you still need to drink plenty of water. The amount of water you drink should be half your body weight in ounces. If you exercise or live in a warmer climate you will need more water. You can find many water calculators online to help you figure out how much water you should drink a day.

Ozone for Your Home

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As people become more familiar with ozone, they are asking for products that promote a healthier environment and a healthier life style.

Below are a few products that consumers are looking:

  • Consumers are looking for ozone products to provide disinfection of microbes within their surface or well water supply.
  • They are looking for cleaner and healthier alternatives for their backyard swimming pools and spas, without the foul odor that chlorine disinfection alone leaves behind.
  • More and more people today are buying organic foods that have not been tainted by synthetic pesticides or other chemicals; they are looking for a chemical-free solution in the home to rinse their foods to provide disinfection and extend shelf life.
  • At a time when manufacturers are striving to reduce waste and chemical use in commercial laundry settings with ozone, residential consumers too are looking to increase sustainability with the advent of residential-sized ozone laundry systems.
  • Consumer reports have shown that poor indoor air quality is becoming an epidemic in today’s homes. These homes are being designed to provide energy efficiency and built with better insulation and sealing, keeping in more airborne particulates, odors and allergens, which can also promote bacteria and mold growth. With the combination of induct HVAC UV-ozone and UV-germicidal light systems indoors, odors and microbes can be reduced, leaving a fresh-smelling home.

You can find each of these products on our website. www.aquasunozone.com

Earth Day

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Earth Day is here once again. On April 22, 2016 over 1 billion people are expected to celebrate Earth Day. As always it is extremely helpful to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible. To calculate your carbon footprint click here. Reducing your carbon footprint is not easy and it will take time. Some small, simple changes you can make at home are to install solar panels, install window film, fill your home with plants, and buy local produce. You can also try to eat less meat, start composting, stop using disposable plastic, and recycle your e-waste. Another easy way to help the earth is to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. Each year 100 million trees are cut down to produce junk mail. To end your junk mail sign up here.

To find or register an Earth Day event click here.

Water Applications for Ozone

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Ozone is a very strong sanitation agent and can be used in many different applications. One of the most popular uses for ozone is to sanitize water. Below is a list of applications where ozone can be used to sanitize water:

  • Water disinfection. Ozone is best used as an adjunct to chlorine, thereby significantly reducing the amount of chlorine used while still retaining a residual active disinfectant in the water.
  • Clean-in-place (CIP) Systems. Ozone dramatically simplifies CIP by lowering heating energy costs, reducing the amount of cleaning chemicals required and eliminating disinfectant chemical residuals.
  • Cooling towers. Properly executed ozone treatment effectively eliminates living organisms and other organic challenges from the recirculating water stream, which aids in minimizing hard-water adhesions.
  • Waterfalls, fountains, and other water features. The most effective method for keeping heterotrophic bacteria under control in this kind of application is simple ozone injection. Ozone also aids in controlling odors from organic decomposition and minimizing the propagation of mold and fungus.
  • Wastewater remediation. This is a source of significant revenue to regulatory bodies and every plant operator must be certain that BOD, COD and TSS levels are well within compliance. Ozone and AOP are invaluable tools in attaining these goals economically and reliably.
  • Pools, spas, and aquatic ecosystems. Ozone is an effective technology for addressing organics, controlling algae and killing bacteria in aquatic applications. It is also effective in killing waterborne pathogens, like Pseudomonas and Legionella, in a significantly shorter time than with chlorine or bromine.

Check back every other week for more information on ozone.